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  1. Last used script

    Please, add a command inside File > Scripts (above the line) to execute last accessed script. A have tons of these and not all of them are bound to shortcuts and smarty palettes. Sometimes I have to apply same script several times and have to dig in all 4-5 folders inside to get right one.

    And, please, make it shortcut-able.

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  2. Keyboard shortcut to switch between colour panels (RGB/HSB)

    I use both the HSB and the RGB colour panels all the time. To switch between them, the user currently has to select from the options menu or shift-click multiple times to cycle through.

    What would be really great is to be able to assign shortcuts to specific colour panels.

    11 votes

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  3. macOS Fullscreen

    Hi, please add macOS fullscreen support.

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  4. Make title bar of inactive window look different from an active one

    On Windows there is no way to tell Illustrator window in focus from inactive one, even when a corresponding option in OS preferences is on.

    And every time Ai is not in focus you can’t use hotkeys.
    Please make at least something dynamic to tell if the window is in focus! Like it was before. Icon changing color at least.

    10 votes

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  5. Make live hint for the eyedroppper tool

    Right now clicking with eydropper results in blind result: until it's clicked, there is no way to predict what will be picked exactly. Why not to show properties to be picked in floating thing next to the cursor? PS does it great in separate panel, why AI can't steal that?

    10 votes

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  6. "Actual Size" should work with multiple monitors.

    The new "Actual size" option on the view menu only works with the primary monitor. This should really work with multiple monitors as many AI users have more than one monitor. Please consider extending this feature. If you decide not to, then please display a warning to users stating that it's not actual size unless using the primary monitor as the drawing monitor.

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  7. The home button should NOT be where "File" is on every other program ever.

    Illustrator 23.0 has the home button where everyone goes to click File. This is muscle memory and I have clicked that worthless home button 6 times this morning alone. None of the other programs have made this change and it is very frustrating. Please allow the user to move or remove the Home Button.

    10 votes

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  8. Add 'make artboard size' button

    Please can we have a way to improve the speed of adding a background rectangle to artboards.

    A simple implementation could be to add a button to 'make artboard size' to the input box when double clicking to create a rectangle.

    Alternatively a button on the toolbar to simply add a rectangle that is artboard size with your currently set colours would be even faster.

    10 votes

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  9. multiple ruler measurement units at one time.

    I would like the ability to see multiple ruler measurement units, at a time. The simplest way would be to have multiple color coded rulers. The ruler closest to the art-board would be the active ruler for anything currently displaying unit measurements.

    the other rulers would help relational thinkers and visual learners get a better understanding of how units relate to each other.

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  10. Increase contrast between selected font and other fonts in Font list in Character palette

    Not long ago the contrast between current font and other fonts in list in Character menu was quite sufficient (see image 1). Now it's barely visible (image 2). It makes locating current font in list rather difficult.

    Please reconsider colors chosen.

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  11. Add ability to set grid setting while creating new document

    First of all — I'm speaking about adding this feature to OLD New dialogue window, because new fancy one is a disaster.

    I create new documents with a vision in mind, what will I do and what grid would I use. I'd like to have an ability to set it with defining size of a document.

    Next, most new users have no idea about grids and don't understand, why use it. More of it, even intermediate users don't have a clue, and I have to deal with a lot of designs, made by these average designers. All of them can't…

    10 votes

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  12. Make ability to make warnings show in background and not in dialogue windows

    Right now we can click OK/Enter every time interrupting warning dialogue pops up, or tick 'Never show again'.
    I would prefer background message, same as 'Shape expanded' now appears.
    For example, I use Ctrl+J combination to connect all my segments in one closed path. I can have two or more segments, and just press this combination several times to achieve my goal, rather then count how many times I should press it. But when path is finally closed, AI throws a warning at me. Usually my hands press keys one more time after that and AI beeps-blinks, which is awful…

    10 votes

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  13. Make incrementation looped in angle value fields

    Problem Description:
    AI can do math in fields and that is awesome.
    But I always swear a little when I use angle fields.

    For example:
    1. Move an art with Move dialogue at 10mm and 360 degrees
    2. Select another object and invoke dialogue again
    3. Type in '+30' in angle, so it would become '360+30'
    4. Press Tab or Enter

    Actual Result:
    AI says DING (or whatever sound is set for it in your OS) and does nothing

    Expected Result:
    AI should turn this typed value into '30', that is make one revolution and don't bother me, as a…

    10 votes

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  14. [View / Outline] low-contrast mode

    Hi,

    It would be really helpful for those of us working in low-light environments to have an inverted/low-contrast option for the 'Outline' view.

    As it is, working on an all-white screen is very fatiguing. Having a simple switch to change the display from light to dark would be a welcomed QoL improvement.

    I've attached two images showing how I see this implemented.

    When "invert" is active I'd prefer the background not be pure-black but a dark shade of grey (shown as #1E1E1E here).

    Another option could be to make the alternate mode adaptive, where the color scheme matches the users…

    10 votes

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  15. Photoshop & Illustrator - still no visual keyboard shortcut window???

    I just read that for its impending Fall update, After Effects CC 2017 is finally getting a visual keyboard shortcuts editor window like Premiere and Audition already have. Does anyone know whether Photoshop and Illustrator will be updated with this type of window as well? It would be so great to be able to make our own keyboard shortcuts in these programs the way we can in Premiere with an easily searchable visual keyboard window.

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  16. 'Tab' and 'Shift-Tab' to navigate when renaming Assets

    Issue:
    While renaming assets in the Asset palette there's currently no way to move to the next or previous asset using the keyboard. When there are a large number of assets this makes for a tedious process.

    Goal:
    Allow the renaming of multiple assets without having to use the mouse

    Suggested Solution:
    Utilize 'Tab' / 'Shift-Tab' keys to navigate to the next / previous assets, e.g. how renaming layers works in Photoshop.

    10 votes

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  17. mappable keyboard shortcuts

    I just saw youtube videos of Adobe demonstrating the latest versions of Premiere Pro CC and After Effects at IBC 2017.

    Finally After Effects is getting its own mappable keyboard hsortcuts like the one in Premiere Pro. But what about Illustrator and Photoshop?

    We Photoshop and Illustrator users definitely need this too! :

    10 votes

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  18. Quick Apply in Illustrator (and all major Adobe apps)

    There’s a neat and extremely useful feature in InDesign called Quick Apply (and I wonder why is it only there). It’s a quick and convenient way to find, select and perform any desired action whose name I know but am unable to find (within myriad of menus and submenus of panel options). Please add the same feature to all major apps.

    10 votes

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  19. Menu Customisation/colorisation

    As we can do it in PS and ID: menu customisation (colors).
    Would be great.

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  20. Character and Paragraph Styles

    In indesign Character and Paragraph Styles are very easy to use, and they can be grouped. Is it possible to have similar styles in illustrator?

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